Amanda Sanford: Why I created my 2018 ‘a year of sign language’ calendar

Posted on October 26, 2017

Hi, I’m Amanda Sanford. I am deaf and all my life I’ve heard people say they wish they can learn how to sign. I figured with this ‘year of sign language’ calendar it would give them a great start.

Learning a few signs is better than none at all! The calendar has tips on what to do and has Deaf culture, and facts included.

I have two daughters, age 19 and 22. And a granddaughter named Millie as of this year. I love pets especially Pomeranians.

I currently work two part time jobs in retail. I graduated with an Associate degree in Computer and Graphic design. I never really pursued a career in graphics but I still love computers.

I used those skills making the 2018 calendar. I tend to be real creative and hoped that the calendar is interactive where a hearing person can learn about the deaf culture, facts and more. And it has basic signs as well.

I listed several everyday or common signs that are used in the Deaf community. And I noted important people in the deaf world in the calendar.

My goal was to make something where I can make a difference in the hearing world so that they can better understand how to communicate with the deaf.

Many people are usually clueless with where to start, so the introduction can be awkward upon meeting a deaf person.

I decided to do something about it and wanted to inform others about our world.

The calendar is available for $12.00. And $2.00 for shipping inside the USA, but out of the country shipping would be more.

I kept hearing from everyone, “oh I wish I can learn sign language”. So this way I can give them something to start with the calendar. There is no other calendar like it and is copyrighted.

If you have any questions or want to order, Amanda’s email is

Amanda Sanford was born deaf due to Rubella. She has lived in Newnan, Georgia for the last five years. Before that, she lived in Arizona for over 20 years. 

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